- KoA' Kitchen Open Air, a project using active ceramics.
Vittorio Grassi Architetto & Partners’s project was shortlisted for the Active Architecture Award (a competition intended to stimulate and promote a new way of conceiving of ecological design through use of Fiandre materials, preferably environmental-friendly ones) and has been awarded US Award second prize for Architecture and is now shortlisted for the 2012 LEAF Award.
“KoA' Kitchen Open Air”, based on the concept of a picnic on the lawn, is part of a wider-ranging project for development of a “Pole of Excellence for technological research and innovation ” under the name Open Zone, in the town of Bresso, in Milan’s Parco Nord area.
Based on the criteria of light weight, transparency and integration with the park around it, the building is organised on a single level raised above the ground.
Harmonious inclusion in the landscape is matched by equally well thought-out interior design: the restaurant is characterised by choice of eco-compatible recyclable materials which are also highly resistant, from glass to steel, timber and porcelain stoneware.
The latter, a long-lasting, easy maintenance material, is part of Fiandre’s Active Clean Air & Antibacterial CeramicTM series of anti-pollutant and anti-bacterial tiles, a concrete aid for protecting the environment with their photocatalytic properties capable of eliminating the principal pollutants in the air and a number of bacteria hazardous to human health.
Project: Vittorio Grassi Architetto & Partners, http://www.vgrassi.it/
Location: Bresso, Milan (Italy)
Photos: Enrico Cano
Drawings: Vittorio Grassi Architetto & Partners, http://www.vgrassi.it/
Awards: Shortlisted for the 2012 Active Architecture Award and the LEAF Awards 2012, 2nd prize at the 4th edition of US Award section Architecture, Winner of the US Award Popular Vote